The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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Spencer Stephens, Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment: As Chief Technology Officer at Sony Pictures at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Spencer Stephens oversees the tech side of the content creation and distribution for the studio, steering the implementation of the studio's digital initiatives and expediting production and post production workflows. He's responsible for the creation of new digital media workflows and systems, covering everything from cloud-based services to 3D and 4k, and helps set industry-wide digital policies by working with several technical working groups, consortiums and industry forums. As one of Sony Pictures' senior technologists, Stephens also interfaces with counterparts across Sony Corp. to further the development and use of tools for the creation, distribution and display of high-quality entertainment across platforms. Stephens brings a wealth of experience in technology and management experience to Sony Pictures. Previously, Stephens worked as a technologist for Warner Bros. where he was responsible for technology development and application across a broad range of digital content distribution and production systems. Stephens started in data communications as system engineer at the inception of the computer network industry. He has focused on the design and the innovative application of network systems for other leading entertainment companies including Disney where he worked on digital production for Walt Disney TV Animation. Stephens has a BSc (1st Class Honors) in physics from the University of Sussex, UK and an MS in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.


Erik Ramberg, Director of Product Management, TV & Media, Ericsson: Erik is a seasoned product management and business development executive with over 15 years of experience in the media and technology industry. He is the Director of Product Management for Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform. In this role, he oversees the product and business strategy of Ericsson’s new cloud TV technology product, working with Tier-1 global operators as they deploy their next-generation cloud-based TV services. He has spoken at shows including TV of Tomorrow and Digital Entertainment World. Erik joined Ericsson as part of the Mediaroom acquisition from Microsoft. During his 10 year tenure at Microsoft, Erik led various initiatives involving new business opportunities, product management, and product planning of the TV and Media (TVM) organization, including Xbox and Windows Media Center. At Microsoft, Erik managed key operator and consumer electronic partnerships, including Sony, Best Buy, Samsung, Toshiba and Panasonic. Prior to Microsoft, Erik presided as General Manager and Vice President of MovieBeam, a video-on-demand service started with major investment from the Disney Corporation, specifically its subsidiary Buena Vista Datacasting. Erik’s entertainment and wireless communications industry experience also includes working at Dotcast and Cellnet Data Systems. Erik received a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College.


Bernie Laramie has been a Producer in Los Angeles for more than 25 years. He is best known for his work on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as well as such series as “Shark”, “Threat Matrix”, “Profiler”, “Dark Skies” and “Max Headroom”, as well as on the IMAX 3D production of James Cameron’s “Aliens of the Deep”, and “The Last Mysteries of the Titanic”, a 17 camera live broadcast from the sunken vessel. Bernie enjoys cutting edge technology. While the Director of Post Production at Lorimar, he pioneered many state of the art post production techniques used today including the use of electronic non linear systems, CGI effects, and 3 perf 35mm for production. Recently he created a 360 degree live action camera system for a Military simulator, and is currently working on a Metadata tracking system for 2D & 3D productions. He is currently working on 2D>3D reMastering with Chuck Comisky @ Chromium3D, and has recently complete chores as CoProducer of “Atlas Shrugged III” to be released in September 2014. Bernie taught Post Production for Film and Television at UCLA Extension for more than 15 years, and has been a guest lecturer at USC, Cal Arts, and Art Center. He has authored a textbook for Allyn & Bacon on “Creative Post Production”. He is a member of The Producer’s Guild, The Director’s Guild, Editor’s Guild, and The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).


Will Marks came to Ovation from OnCue, a Verizon company, where he was Head of Accounts. In this role, he led the company’s relationships with TV, film, music and digital partners and oversaw West Coast programming, production and live event partnerships. Key accomplishments during his tenure include his leading and expanding Go90’s relationship with Dreamworks Animation / Hearst Corp’s AwesomenessTV, and supervising the partnership with Live Earth, a worldwide concert dedicated to reducing climate change.  Previously, Marks was General Manager of Monkey Wrangler Productions, where he initiated, led and closed all negotiations with Microsoft Xbox, Toyota Motor Co. and Saatchi LA to produce and air Your Dungeon, My Dragon, the first-ever fully integrated episodic show and game production on Microsoft’s Xbox Live platform.  Prior to Monkey Wrangler, he was Vice President, Business Development for Comcast Entertainment Group where he had P&L responsibility for non-linear video distribution businesses, including digital download/electronic sell-through, DVD, VOD/PPV, broadband/online video, and out-of-home networks.


Ian Greenblatt is the former Vice President, Strategy & Business Development. Greenblatt’s  role is centered around defining and driving the output of software and hardware based converged experiences and next generation television products to research and industry partners. This includes driving best-of-breed partnerships and corporate development opportunities. He also serves the company as a subject matter expert around the business of television and both traditional and OTT content distribution, as well as content metadata and the second screen.  Prior to joining ARRIS through the acquisition of Motorola Home, Greenblatt was co-founder and General Counsel of Broadbus Technologies, the pioneer of solid-state memory based computer systems for delivering both movies and television on-demand. Broadbus is considered to be one of the most successful start-ups in the New England region since the tech bubble of '99, evidenced by its acquisition by Motorola in September 2006 for $181m.  Prior to Broadbus, he held positions with Fox, Warner Bros., Kirkland & Ellis and The Entertainment & Intellectual Property Group (an entertainment law firm in Chicago). Ian is a frequent guest lecturer; he has lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology and Northwestern University, and industry events such as CES and DigitalHollywood. An avowed techie, he was an Alpha and Beta Tester for, Joost, Hulu, Boxee, and many Motorola devices and services. He holds a BSC from Northwestern University, a JD from DePaul University College of Law, and sits on the board of directors of USC's Marshall School of Business Institute of Communication Technology Management.


Joseph Hopkins is vice president of global media and entertainment sales at Verizon Digital Media Services. He brings more than 14 years of finance, mergers & acquisitions, executive management and technical experience to the organization. Prior to joining Verizon, Hopkins served as head of channel sales and strategic partnerships at iStreamPlanet where he developed and managed partnerships with companies such as Google, YouTube, AT&T and the United States Olympic Committee. His experience spans across all areas of the content lifecycle from production through distribution, and includes his current role in bringing innovative over-the-top (OTT) solutions to IP-connected devices for users around the world. Hopkins is a graduate of Michigan State University where he studied communications and economics. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters


Steve Wong, Director Telco & Media Sales Americas, Siemens: Steve Heads the Media & Entertainment Division for Siemens in the Americas and is serial start-up media and entertainment internet infrastructure person who enjoys putting first-ever disruptive technology in the hands of billions.  Steve was recognized with a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for the Teranex Video Computer. Steve is a Member of the Interactive Media Peer Group of The National Academy of Television Arts& Sciences (The Emmy Awards). He is an Executive Academy Member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (The Webby Awards). In addition, Steve is a Hollywood Section Manager of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). For fun, Steve is a marathon runner, crossfit competitor and writes and produces independent feature films. Currently, Steve is in pre-production for his independent film “Checkmate”  Steve was a co- lecturer with former US Ambassador Gary Locke & former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa at “The Global Leadership Program” sponsored by USAChina Investments Group hosted at University of Southern California. Steve also is a visiting lecturer at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.  Steve began his career in broadcasting working for Belo Broadcasting and then moved to ABC Capital Cities (purchased by Disney) as Director of Research and Development. In this role, Steve experimented with broadcasting live news on the internet with Cu-Seeme back in 1995.  During the times of broadcast conversion from Analog to Digital, Steve used his knowledge of broadcasting to advice stations on broadcast equipment while at Leitch technologies (purchased by Harris then purchased by Imagine)  During the times of broadcast and post production conversion from Standard Definition to High Definition, Steve joined a Department of Defense Military technology spin-off start up (Teranex) that used Parallel computing for video conversion and pre-compression processing. In his role, Steve advised a number of broadcasters, postproduction studios, and movie studios on conversion, noise reduction, and 3:2 pull down.  As content moved on-line, Steve moved into video transmission, storage, and distribution joining Level 3. Steve advised client on the best practices for online live broadcast and Video on Demand distribution, storage, and monetization. Currently Steve heads the media and entertainment group of Siemens helping clients develop profitable turnkey businesses to deliver live and VOD content to consumers via mobile devices.  Over the years, Steve has advised a number of start-up companies.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Track I: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304, Webcasting Live

The Internet, OTT, Media and the Hollywood Connection

Evan Greenberg, Manager of Audience Development, TAPP

Will Marks, VP of Business Development, Ovation

Spencer Stephens, Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures

Erik Ramberg, Director of Product Management for TV  & Media, Ericsson

Ian Greenblatt, former, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at ARRIS

Joseph Hopkins, Vice President Global M&E Sales, Verizon Digital Media Services

Bernie Laramie, Producer, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”

Steve Wong, Director Telco & Media Sales Americas, Siemens, Moderator


Evan Greenberg, Manager of Audience Development, TAPP; an OTT, a la carte, collection of online subscription channels, connecting super-fans to the personalities they can't get enough of. Evan leads TAPP's Customer Acquisition initiatives and supports Big Data and Overall Strategy projects. Evan joined TAPP after working for a number of media companies, including Warner Bros. and Maker Studios, focusing on Digital Monetization, Audience Growth, and Lifecycle Marketing. Evan is an MBA graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business and has studied comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Twitter: @evangreenberg.